Relevant Job Skills (FAWM Demos)

by Grace Kendall

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $10 USD  or more

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 4 Grace Kendall releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Can You Hear Me?, Live at Wrockstock, Relevant Job Skills (FAWM Demos), and Little Songs. , and , .

      $26 USD or more (35% OFF)

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
02:49
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.

about

During February of 2014, I participated in February Album Writing Month, colloquially known as FAWM. These songs were all written and recorded during a one-month period (most were done in only a few hours) and feature a variety of collaborators, half of whom I'd never met before. It was a fun project and some great - and not-so-great - songs came out of it. Here are all of my demos for your enjoyment, in the same order they were originally posted on fawm.org.

Some of the best tracks to come out of this project made it on to my sophomore album, "Can You Hear Me?" so check those out to see how they polished up. Thanks for listening!

credits

released March 7, 2014

This album was written and recorded by Grace Kendall except for the following tracks:

Arthur Rossi is the lyricist for "No Peace of Mind"
Tony McGlinchey is the lyricist for "You Keep Saying It's Over"
"Relentless" was written and recorded by Spike's Puppy (Mike Belsole, Christie Mowery, Eddie Mowery and Grace Kendall)
"Mantra" was performed and recorded by Odilon Green
Happiness Leech features a whistle & spoken word solo by Mike Belsole
Odilon Green is the lyricist for "Extremely Righteous Appetite"

Album cover photo is by Julia Drewniak.

tags

license

Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.

about

Grace Kendall New York, New York

Heartfelt music on ukulele, guitar and hammered dulcimer.

contact / help

Contact Grace Kendall

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Missed Connections
riding on the subway, trying not to notice
the way your mouth moves when you talk
sitting kind of sideways, hoping you might see me
and then we could go for a walk
wouldn't it be nice if you just sat down next to me
we could talk for hours and hold hands so quietly

but you walk along, and then you're gone
you walk along, and then you're gone
you walk along, and then you're gone
gone away from me

to the dark-haired beauty in the snack aisle:
i really liked our game
when you passed by and you smiled,
i nearly forgot my name
wouldn't it be nice if we could just get back together
eat our chips and dips and watch some old movies forever

but you walk along, and then you're gone
you walk along, and then you're gone
you walk along, and then you're gone
gone away from me

paper diamond, orange peel, the best night of my life
'i have to go, you're beautiful,' and then into the night
wouldn't it be nice if there was no such thing as curfew
we could drink and dance and i might fall in love with you

but you walk along, and then you're gone
you walk along, and then you're gone
you walk along, and then you're gone
gone away, gone away, gone away from me
Track Name: No Peace of Mind (by Arthur Rossi)
I make my choices, I make my blunders,
and I’ve always paid my bills,
one day if I go under
it will just be because of my own will…

And I am no one who could keep loving,
no, don’t fall for me, my girl,
try it and you’ll have nothing,
and at the end you will feel only hurt…

(Chorus)
Whatever I do, I don’t regret it,
I’m a traveler through time,
what I don’t have, until I don’t get it,
I have no peace of mind…

I love sweet women, the grass is greener
always just behind the fence…
a scoundrel or a dreamer…?
I don’t care at all, but I take my chance…

And I always long for what is taken,
and I’ll conquer all your heart,
but when you are forsaken,
you will see who I am and who you are…

(Chorus)
Whatever I do, I don’t regret it,
I’m a traveler through time,
what I don’t have, until I don’t get it,
I have no peace of mind…

(Bridge)
Don’t say I did not warn you,
I never meant to harm you,
but the choice was yours…

(Chorus)
Whatever I do, I don’t regret it,
I’m a traveler through time,
what I don’t have, until I don’t get it,
I have no peace of mind…
Track Name: The Liar Lullaby
all of this time
with words that spiral into webs
countless empty images
you said we were fine
but our definitions differ

all of this time
i tried to get by
thinking you were right

but you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
luh-la-lie

we used to be close:
you told me when you made me cry
it isn't how it hurts, but why
and now that i know
the sting is so much deeper

i should have known
that you couldn't show
me the light

cos you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
luh-la-lie

i guess i flew
too close to the sun
and now we're done

cos you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
you were a liar, liar, luh-la-lie
luh-la-lie
Track Name: Makeup (I Swear)
we trade our nine-to-five
for going ninety-five
down 95,
we don't give a damn

they said to read the signs
and we saw dollar signs
in both our eyes,
now we're on the lam

i saw those bright lights,
pulling me over
you said 'drive faster,
you're our getaway chauffeur'

take time, and put on your makeup
this time, we're gonna shake it up
i swear

consider all our wishes:
to bathe in our new riches
understand,
we make quite a team

we'll turn our life of crime
into leisure time
on private islands,
we can live the dream

we've got a trunk packed full of
hundred dollar bills
how's that for relevant
job skills?

do what you love, and the money will follow
no, take what you want, cos that money is hollow
if diamonds are a girl's best friend
aren't we all jewel thieves in the end?
Track Name: Self-Indulgent Words
i'm trying so hard
to keep it together
you promised me once
it will only get better
ooh
ooh

when you hear these words,
will you find me wanting?
am i giving up,
or is this restarting?
ooh
ooh

and maybe i'm wasting your time
i try to be honest, but words are harder to find
and these self-indulgent words aren't enough

hi, here is my heart.
please just be gentle
i'm learning to trust,
but it's incremental
ooh
ooh
Track Name: I Think I'm In Love
i think i'm in love
with the curve of your lines
the way you use colors
the way you keep time
i think i'm in love
with the way that you stand
your elbows mirror your kneecaps
your hips rest under your hands

and i must say, my dear, that i
have never dreamt like this before
and i must say, my dear, my love
i hope you open up that door

cos i
want to try
to find some time
to make you mine
yes i
want to try
to find some time
to make you mine

now i wanna know
if you'd ever tell
me all of your secrets
come out of your shell
and i wanna know
in what you believe
does it soar over the treetops?
does it swim deep under the sea?

and i must say, my dear, that i
am not sure what's right anymore
and i must say, my dear, my love
i hope you aren't keeping score

cos i
want to try
to find some time
to make you mine
yes i
want to try
to find some time
to make you mine

and even if the sun
cannot open up your heart
i promise that i will not fall apart
Track Name: You Keep Saying It's Over (by Tony McGlinchey)
you keep saying its over
but can't look in my eyes
you don't want to hurt me
don't want to see me cry

you keep saying it's over
but you won't walk away
just look to the ground
when I ask you to stay

if you're happier there
I accept that we're done
it just didn't work out
sorry you're not the one

but I'll never forget you
I'll say hello when we pass
till the day that you realise
that you left me to fast

you keep saying it's over
but you won't walk away
just look to the ground
when I ask you to stay

are those tears in your eyes
don't pretend I'll be missed
some one is waiting for you
so this is our last kiss

you keep saying it's over
then touching my face
why tell me you're sorry
and you just need the space

you keep saying it's over
but you won't walk away
just look to the ground
when I ask you to stay

© copyright house all rights reserved
Track Name: Angel Cake
take a pencil
pick a word,
and write it down
make a picture
sing a color,
draw a sound
and i remember
when we were not
eighteen years old

hug a stranger
read a book in bed
hear a lecture
wear fine hats
upon your head
and i remember
when we were not
eighteen years old

parmesan and modern art
hula hoops and hands on hearts
we trust ourselves to make a start
and end
and we'll do it all again

when you hear that morning sound
remember you're both lost and found
and if the church bells hit the air
they promise, oh, to keep you there
cross my heart and hope to live
swear on all my love to give
and if die before i wake
bury me with angel cake

parmesan and modern art
hula hoops and hands on hearts
we trust ourselves to make a start
and end
and we'll do it all again

empty swings in setting sun
braces bear no bubblegum
we trust ourselves to find the fun
within
and we'll do it all again
Track Name: Odilon Green - Mantra (For the Man About to Eat)
welcome to the game
this is a gurgitator's table
the time is now, let's count it down
i'm ready and i'm able

i spent a year in training
built my own strategic flavor
a victory is imminent,
that's what i want to savor

from the first bite
to the last fight
i will overcome

it's all about the rhythm
it's all about the dance
if you want to be the winner
then you've got to take the chance

minds can triumph over bodies
if your stomach's in your head
you have to "eat it to defeat it"
grind your bones to make my bread

from the first bite
to the last fight
i will overcome

we think
we eat
we are
we know
i am
the best
so start
the show

five
four
three
two
Track Name: Spike's Puppy - Relentless
You keep going on
Never be able to quit
We could stop fighting demons
And vampires til the sun comes up
But I just can't die
And I want into the fray
Party rock and slay with or without you, B

We're five-by-five
and we're staying alive
I'm known to be relentless
The stakes are high
One's strapped to my thigh
Don't give a shit about repentance
I don't need anyone
I really don't need you

She's the so-called queen B
What the hell about me?
Her with all her friends
I don't need Scoobies
I wanna rock slay and screw
Don't give a fuck about you
Don't get attached to me Xander
Track Name: Sunflower Arms
your sunflower arms
stretch up toward the sun
the gold in your hair
like a medal you've won

a whisper, a promise
you tell me to keep
in the hours and hours
until we fall asleep

and you drift away from me
it isn't fair, it isn't fine
and here i am, left to stand alone

your dark braid unravels
and time is slipping fast
we tuck words in our pockets
to save the best for last

so hum us a song dear,
sing soft and sing true,
like the murmurs of the angels
when their thoughts spill into you

and you drift away from me
it isn't fair, it isn't fine
and here i am, left to stand alone

mmmmm

and you drift away from me
it isn't fair, it isn't fine
and here i am, left to stand alone
Track Name: Long Way Home
standing in the corner, oh-so-tall
i've read your work in magazines
you hold my hand, you tell me things

like that hole in your head just there:
did it come from a drug bust?
or did it come from love-lust?

when your body slips below
we'll say your name repeatedly
in the shadows of your photographs
we'll drown in all the sound

kidnappers in racerbacks,
sing their story, melancholy,
the piano will not play itself

and a daughter of the velvet underground
is touching stuff that lincoln touched
she licks her lips, she spills your guts

when your body slips below
we'll say your name repeatedly
in the shadows of your photographs
we'll drown in all the sound

it's a long way home from here
it's a long way home from here
soon your time will come; don't bother to run
(i wouldn't be caught dead in this place, in this place)

it's a long way home from here
it's a long way home from here
Track Name: Happiness Leech (ft. Muggle Mike)
i can have anything
that i want but what i
want is for you to just
leave me alone

not for forever
just til you feel better
my brain needs some time
of its own

please try to be
just a bit happier for me -
you'd be happy
if you'd stop thinking so negatively

i don't want to
listen to you
whining, complaining
when i come around
i've heard this before
can't we cover new ground
i'm sorry, you're bringing me down

life is a beautiful,
wonderful, magical
thing, can't you feel
when you breathe
in and out?

if you look hard enough,
you might find love in the
likeliest places
so chill the fuck out.

please try to be
just a bit happier for me -
you'd be happy
if you'd stop thinking so negatively

i don't want to
listen to you
whining, complaining
when i come around
i've heard this before
can't we cover new ground
i'm sorry, you're bringing me down
Track Name: Extremely Righteous Appetite (by Odilon Green)
VERSE 1

I was thinking back
To those 70s days
When female athletes
Gained so much praise
for breaking down
The glass ceilings in sport

Diane Crump
rode the Kentucky Derby
The first woman of NASCAR
was Janet Guthrie
And Billie Jean King
served the ultimate tennis retort

PRE-CHOURS

And then there was . . .

CHORUS
Little Arlene
So small and petite
But Little Arlene,
She really could eat
Every man thinks
He's the king of the table
But Little Arlene . . .
She earned that label

VERSE 2

Now, the Seventy-Sixers
Were a basketball team
With a halftime show
That made fans scream
'Cause Arlene's eating
Left mouths open in shock

One time she challenged
Five huge guys
Known as the Phil-ups
Each twice her size
Food was brought out
And she just said "let's rock"

PRE-CHORUS

Because she was . . .

CHORUS

VERSE 3

She ate twenty-three hot dogs
Twenty-two pizza slices
Sixteen large cokes
While the men were all in crisis
Even all together
They just could not compete

Their guts were all a-tumble
And as they left the floor
Arlene faced the crowd and said
She was ready to eat more
An Oyster eating contest
at the restaurant down the street

BRIDGE

And the thing that no one knew
Until the team staff went to pay
Arlene's bill at the hotel
Where she'd stayed before the game
Was that *before* the half-time show
And her triumphant food fight
She'd had a full-course roast beef dinner
Just to stoke her appetite

PRECHROUS

And that was . . .

CHORUS X2
Track Name: Life Is Hard, But You Are Loved
if every failure
pushed deeper down
these knees would be buried
deep within the ground
but that's not how it goes
as far as anybody knows

and if every moment
we tried to keep
reliving forever
while we were asleep
did not disappear -
what would we be doing here?

nothing ends quite the way it starts
so tend the pieces of your torn-up hearts
nothing starts quite the way it ends
maybe one day we'll do it again

life is hard, but you are loved
life is hard, but you are loved
life is hard, but you are loved
by me

think about your family
and know that they love you
think about your friends
and know that they love you
think about your gods
and know that they love you
love you, love you, love you, love you
think about your children,
you know that they love you
think about your mother,
oh you know that she loves you
think about the world
it's a place full of people who
love you, love you, love you, love you